Experience the incredible biodiversity that Costa Rica has to offer on the Pérez Zeledón project! You’ll live with a host family and work with Costa Rican students on a service project in your community before heading to one of the country’s stunning national parks for some hands-on volunteering.

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Length Training
Dates
In-Country
Dates
Ages Application
Deadline
Price
Session A 4 weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

June 13–July 10, 2023

15–19 Financial Assistance and Local Chapter Deadline: January 17, 2023

Final Deadline: April 18, 2023

$4,675 – Local Chapter (Find out more about joining AMIGOS through a local chapter here)

$6,175 – National Chapter

Fees include all in-country expenses.

Financial assistance is available! Click here for more information.

Session B 4 Weeks

Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

July 18–August 14, 2023

15–19 Financial Assistance and Local Chapter Deadline: January 17, 2023

Final Deadline: May 9, 2023

$4,675 – Local Chapter (Find out more about joining AMIGOS through a local chapter here)

$6,175 – National Chapter

Fees include all in-country expenses.

Financial assistance is available! Click here for more information.

  • Session A
  • Length
    4 weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    June 13–July 10, 2023

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    Financial Assistance and Local Chapter Deadline: January 17, 2023

    Final Deadline: April 18, 2023
  • Price

    $4,675 – Local Chapter (Find out more about joining AMIGOS through a local chapter here)

    $6,175 – National Chapter

    Fees include all in-country expenses.

    Financial assistance is available! Click here for more information.

  • Session B
  • Length
    4 Weeks
  • Training Dates

    Online training on COVID-19, health and safety, mental health, travel, and AMIGOS history before departure. Leadership and orientation training take place in-country.

  • In-Country Dates

    July 18–August 14, 2023

  • Ages
    15–19
  • Application Deadline
    Financial Assistance and Local Chapter Deadline: January 17, 2023

    Final Deadline: May 9, 2023
  • Price

    $4,675 – Local Chapter (Find out more about joining AMIGOS through a local chapter here)

    $6,175 – National Chapter

    Fees include all in-country expenses.

    Financial assistance is available! Click here for more information.

About the Project

Lodging

Homestay – Spend the first part of your project living with a host family in a local community in the Pérez Zeledón region of Costa Rica!

Group housing – The last week of the project, you’ll stay at a national park with other volunteers.

Slang

pura vida = life is good, cool
tuanis = cool

College Credit

Get two college credits for this project! Find out more here.

Food

Pinto (rice and black beans), plantains, tortillas
Great for vegetarians!

Service Hours

Earn 48 service hours while supporting biodiversity and conservation in national parks.

AMIGOS History in the Region

AMIGOS has worked in Costa Rica for more than 35 years.

What makes this project unique?
  • Get to know Costa Rican volunteers! Volunteer alongside a group of Costa Rican volunteers in the national parks.
  • One-of-a-kind opportunity to stay and work in Costa Rican national parks – this experience isn’t open to the public! AMIGOS has close relationships with partner agencies in Costa Rica which allows our volunteers to take part in this unique experience.
  • Double down on service – collaborate with people in your host community on a service project and then support national park preservation work as a group. Past service projects include building fences around school yards, supporting community gardens, maintaining park trails, and planting trees.

 

Las Quebradas Biological Center, San José Province, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Cultural Exchange and Conservation

PURA VIDA

Spend part of your time living with a host family! Practice your Spanish with your host family and Costa Rican volunteers in the national parks, and even learn some local slang. Relax in nature in pristine national parks and learn the true meaning of pura vida.

 

National Parks

Earn 48 service hours while volunteering with SINAC, the Costa Rican National Park Service, and a local youth empowerment organization.

Learn about conservation while you spend your days working in the park with U.S. and Costa Rican youth. During the morning, you’ll work on projects in the park. The rest of the day, you’ll spend time with new friends, developing leadership skills, and doing fun activities. Every night there is a baile where you’ll learn traditional dances and have fun!

 

Example Activities

  • Live with a host family in a local community
  • Clear hiking trails in a national park
  • Play a pick-up game of soccer (mejenga in Costa Rica) with kids in your community
  • Learn traditional dances from Costa Rican students during a week-long stay with them in a national park
Join an online info session!

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A Day in the Life

In Your Host Community

  • Wake up to freshly-brewed coffee and breakfast with your host family
  • Take part in service work alongside community members, doing things like painting murals in communal spaces, supporting community chicken coops, and fixing up a community center
  • Have lunch with your host family
  • Meet up with your AMIGOS partner to lead day camp activities for local kids
  • Explore your host community
  • Have dinner with your host family
  • Play games with your host siblings before heading to bed

 

In The National Parks

  • Wake up and eat breakfast as a group
  • Morning: volunteer on a service project in the park, like making informational signs about plants and animals, building a footpath, or painting park ranger installations
  • Take a lunch break with your volunteer group
  • Afternoon: take part in fun intercultural and leadership activities, play games, and get to know volunteers from Costa Rica and around the U.S.
  • Dinner with the group
  • After Dinner: fun group bonding, free time to relax, dance, listen to music, and get ready for another day!

Program Pillars

Ethical Service

Learn how to create ethical service initiatives by working with–not for–a community, engaging local organizations and partners, and evaluating the impact of your work. AMIGOS works with trusted local partners that are passionate and committed to working with our volunteers on community service projects.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of both self-reflection about your own culture as well as learning about other cultures. You will examine your own beliefs and cultural identity and gain an understanding of how structural racism has impacted societies and the roles that communities can take to lead systemic change.

Leadership

Learn, grow, and discover your leadership potential! Explore your sense of purpose and start to establish your personal goals and values through introspection and inquiry.

Want to learn more?

Join an info session!

RSVP Here

Why Choose AMIGOS?

Practice Spanish

AMIGOS programs provide a unique opportunity to live with a host family and experience a new culture. Volunteers report increased fluency in Spanish after completing our program. Activities go far beyond the classroom — you’ll lead activities in Spanish, get to know your host family, learn local slang, and increase your confidence with real-world practice. You will not believe how fast your Spanish improves when you use it in conversation every day!

Have an Adventure

Get to know Costa Rica from a local perspective! Explore an area few tourists get to see. Do hands-on volunteering in a national park and experience the pristine nature around you. Make friends from Costa Rica, learn about their culture, and share experiences together.

Travel with Trust

AMIGOS is the industry leader in health and safety management. Our staff is prepared to help you with any situation that may arise. Each volunteer receives a personalized emergency plan, as well as support from local staff teams and a professional 24-hour On-Call Safety Team of travel specialists, doctors, and mental health specialists. A Health and Wellness Coordinator is on staff with the group throughout the duration of their stay. AMIGOS also has an established network of vetted medical clinics and hospitals throughout the region.

Find out more about our programs

Join an online info session!

RSVP HERE

AMIGOS is a fun experience but at the same time, it’s meaningful. It gave me a more globalized perspective and allowed me to grow.

–Sofia, 2021 Costa Rica Volunteer

Program Requirements
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Field Notes

Last Week in Community

Archive, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica


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Report from Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

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Updates from Emma’s Route

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